2017 prospect Tomas Murphy might be better than his brothers

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

LAS VEGAS – Erik Murphy was just drafted by the Chicago Bulls after a stellar career at Florida. Alex Murphy is entering his redshirt sophomore season at Duke.

And Tomas Murphy might eventually be the best of them all.

The 6-foot-7 forward is a prospect in the class of 2017, meaning he will enter his freshman year of high school in the fall.

“He's a monster,” one college coach said. “At this stage, he's better than both.”

Erik and Alex agree with that assessment, according to Tomas.

“I definitely want to be the best one,” Murphy said. “I try to play a little bit like both of them. Erik is more of a stretch guy on the block and Alex is more of a slasher, so I try to combine a little bit of both.”

Maryland, Boston College and Rhode Island have all already offered him, although he's years away from making a college decision.

“It doesn't really cross my mind that much,” Murphy said. “It's really cool to have them. I feel it's great.”

Murphy plays for the U-15 version of the Mass Rivals AAU program, but having the ability to work out with his brothers and father – former NBA player Jay Murphy – gives him an edge when compared to players his age.

“It definitely helps a lot,” Murphy said. “My dad understands a lot more now, too, and he helps me a lot. Lots of points, hints and tips that help me out along the way.”

Except in family 2-on-2 games, I'm guessing.

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